Suara.com – United Arab Emirates (UEA) planning to send explorer robot belong to Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), to the lunar surface by 2022 with assistance HAKUTO-R, the lander belongs to the company ispace from Japan.
The UAE Moon Mission will be the first Moon landings for the Arab world and Japan.
To date, only three countries have successfully landed space devices on the Moon, namely the United States, the Soviet Union and China.
Announced by mission team members on April 14, it also represents a significant change in the timeline for the UAE Moon Mission.
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When the UAE first announced the project last fall, it was targeting launch in 2024.
“We are delighted to be able to advance the collaboration between the UAE and Japan on space exploration as well as inspire more collaborations for lunar exploration between the public and commercial sectors around the world,” said Takeshi Hakamada, founder and CEO of ispace. Space.com, Monday (19/4/2021).
Japan mission to the Moon. [ispace]
The UAE Moon Mission will send a 10-kilogram rover belonging to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, the UAE space agency, to an equatorial location on the near side of the Moon. Meanwhile, the final landing site has yet to be announced.
The four-wheeled rover robot will study its environment for at least 14 Earth days using high-resolution cameras, thermal imaging, microscopic imaging, and the Langmuir probe.
The rover’s instruments could help scientists better understand the electrically charged environment on the lunar surface, which appears to be caused by solar winds.
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However, the Rashid project will also help the UAE and humanity prepare for even bigger leaps in the future, if all goes according to plan.
“The UAE Moon Mission is a milestone in the UAE space sector as it will contribute to providing valuable data and information, related to the Moon as well as test capabilities that will be critical for a manned mission to Mars,” said Adnan AlRais, director of the Remote Sensing Department at MBRSC.
The UAE has previously successfully sent a robotic spacecraft named Hope on a Mars mission in February.
On the other hand, ispace plans to launch its second lunar mission which will also include a cruiser delivery in 2023. Both flights are expected to take off on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.